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Alaska Airlines Atrium at Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, WA

Architect: Populous

General Contractor: Mortenson Construction

Completion: Fall 2021

Products/Services Supplied:

  • Kawneer 2500UT Customized Curtainwall
  • Kawneer TriFab Storefronts
  • Kawneer 500 Heavy Wall Doors
  • Agnora Jumbo Insulated Glass Units
  • Viracon Insulated Glass Units
  • Panelite Clearshade Honeycomb Glazing

Complete renovation and addition to the existing arena originally constructed for the 1962 World's Fair in Downtown Seattle. This project was a monumental undertaking due to being registered as a landmark building with the National Historic Society, which required the existing 45-million-lb roof to remain in-tact while the entire arena beneath was demolished, with many historical elements carefully removed to be stored and re-installed during the reconstruction.

The only portion of the exterior building that was to be built "new" and not part of the original Arena, was the new Alaska Airlines Atrium, which Mission Glass provided a custom unitized curtain wall system for, with the design assistance provided by Kawneer. This curtain wall included jumbo sized glass units, the largest of which towered over 26' in a single piece of insulated glass.

While this project would be a feat under any circumstances, all of the contractors involved as part of the delivery team also had the additional hurdle of trying to navigate a historic global supply chain shortage in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This required completely re-thinking typical construction practices and constant maneuvering to ensure materials made it to site for installation and completed prior to the opening of the 2021 NHL hockey season. The Arena was built as the home to the Seattle Kraken, a new expansion team brought to the city.

This is definitely a shining example of the ingenuity and hi-quality workmanship that is a staple of MIssion Glass; one that residents of the City of Seattle and surrounding area will be able to enjoy and visit for many years to come.